Piper Huguley – Giving Us Wings 

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

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A Rocky Road to Romance

The Power of Romance—Rocky as romance

The Power of Romance reached me at a very early age. As my mother told the story, I was supposed to be sleeping in the back of the station wagon at a drive-in movie when, unbeknownst to both of my parents, I had woken up at some point and started watching this movie, whatever it was, right along with them. The way that my mother knew I was awake was when I said, my eyes widened in surprise: “Whooo. He lub her.” From that day on, my family called any love scene in a movie or television show to be commented on, a “lub her” scene.

The first “lub her” scene that I can recall was from the first Rocky movie when Rocky kisses Adrian in the corner of his shabby little apartment. I was pretty impressed with the size of Sylvester Stallone’s biceps. But what I think struck me at a very young age was that Adrian was transformed by Rocky’s love at this turning point of the movie. One of the reasons that Rocky is one of my favorite movies is because it is—at heart—a romance.

Adrian is a shy woman who works in the pet shop who is made to believe that she is a loser by her drunken-fool brother Pauly. Rocky comes into her life and encourages her, pursues her (some say stalk, I say pursue) and wins her over. Her transformation is shown by how she leaves those cat-eye glasses behind after she becomes Rocky’s girlfriend. It’s not that he wouldn’t love her with them, it is, as he tells her in the famous kissing scene when he takes them off “I knew you was pretty.” And their love is a wrap after that.

The growing romance between Adrian and Rocky gives them wings to meet their full potential (as in one of the songs on the soundtrack is called “Gonna Fly Now.” Adrian blossoms as a woman when she and Rocky get together (No, not like that! He knows she is a good Italian Catholic girl and will wait until they get married in Rocky II to consummate their love). She’s able to confront Pauly and finally win at life. In turn, her love gives Rocky the confidence that he needs to go the distance in his big boxing match. To me, Rocky is more than just a boxing movie, it’s a romance. So it’s no wonder to me that, forty years later, I wrote A Champion’s Heart in homage to how Rocky showed me the power of romance.

Piper recommends:

Nia Forrester has been writing for years, but she should be better known. She earned my everlasting admiration when she wrote 30 stories in 30 days as a writing exercise and then published them. Very talented.

niaforrester.com    –    @Amazon

DL White writes fun books that are more along the lines of women’s fiction, but is very good at what she does. Highly recommended.

www.thesweetescape.net    –    @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

Ok, so besides Rocky, the other movie moment where The Power of Romance was larger than life (and death), was the end of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I love that ending so much, I put it into my novella “Sparrow’s Song.”

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

My Betty Crocker Cookbook (1972 edition) has powerful memories because my mother taught me how to cook from it.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Propaganda. Not in a good way. Shows how easily people can be swayed. This has nothing at all to do with romance, but that’s my answer to this question.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

I’ve read lots of great books this year, but I’ll answer this question with one of my favorite reading memories. I read The Poisonwood Bible on a bus trip from Atlanta to Pittsburgh. It’s a trip that takes about 20 hours. I started it in Atlanta, but by the time I got to Pittsburgh, I had finished it. I’ll always be grateful to Barbara Kingsolver for making that trip go by so fast

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

The person who has had a powerful influence on my life is my mother. Her years of advice, as well as her funny outlook on life, still remain with me and prompt me to keep my head up high, represent well and to be giving and loving.

Main Drawing:

Piper is generously giving away a copy of  A Champion’s Heart. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 12, 2017. (open to everyone)

She’ll be giving away 4 more copies as part of the US bundles, and international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring a tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 


Piper G Huguley is a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and winner of an Emma Award for best historical romance in 2017 for A Treasure of Gold.

Her new series “Born to Win Men” starts with A Champion’s Heart which was named by Sarah MacLean of The Washington Post as a best romance novel selection for December 2016.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

Piper blogs about the history behind her novels at her site, so be sure to check out these fascinating posts!

Learn more:

 piperhuguley.com     |    Facebook     |     Twitter @piperhuguley

 

Buy Piper’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

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MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Piper is contributing to the US and international bundles, and sponsoring a cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Kelly Jetzer

    I look forward to reading your books! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

    • Piper Huguley

      It was a pleasure and I hope you enjoy them Kelly! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Michele H.

    I, too, have the Betty Crocker Cookbook (though not the orange binder from 1972 like my mom had). That cookbook and Dom DeLuise’s “Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better” were basically where most of my childhood memories of food come from. My dad (the cook in our house) made sure I had a copy of both when I got married.

    • Piper Huguley

      You have to have that stuff. I still pull mine down even though I mostly look up things on the computer. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Carol Opalinski

    Hey, Piper, I loved reading your interview! My mom gave me a copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook when I got married! It’s tattered and stained but I still use it for certain things.

    • Piper Huguley

      I’ve gone through a few, I’m ashamed to say Carol!! Thank you for commenting!

  • cheryl c.

    Hi, I live in the Atlanta area too.

    • Piper Huguley

      Hello! Are you enjoying all of this rain, Cheryl? Stay dry and thanks for commenting!

  • MaryC

    What’s your favorite recipe?

    • Piper Huguley

      Ginger creams. They are my very favorite cookie. That page is all kinds of wrinkled and splattered. Thank you for asking!

  • rebecca moe

    I got a Betty Crocker cookbook as a wedding present (I think from my mom, because I used hers all the time), and we still use it even today!

    Thanks for sharing–now I’m feeling like I need to go watch Rocky…

    • Piper Huguley

      Ok? I feel the same! Thanks for commenting Rebecca!

  • My mom still has a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1970s that I won’t let her get rid of! Our sugar cookie recipe came from one of those and no other recipe has come close.

    • Piper Huguley

      I remember that red and white gingham cookbook too! My aunt had one. Great memories. Thank you for stopping by Stephanie and congrats on your success!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    Thank you for sharing your stories.

    • Piper Huguley

      You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

  • lawless

    Thank you for this, Piper. I also enjoyed Adrian and Rocky’s story.

    • Piper Huguley

      It’s awesome stuff! Thank you for commenting!

  • Priscilla C. Johnson

    Piper .. you already know how I feel.. Rocky is excellent on so many levels.

  • Ellen

    Piper, every time my husband wants to see a movie (usually a violent shoot-em-up or something I don’t care for) he will say, “It’s a love story.” I do agree, Rocky is a boxing movie and a love story.

  • Pamby50

    I never thought of Rocky as a romance movie but I see your point. I never got the Betty Crocker Cookbook but my mother had one that had a rubber band around it. The pages were falling out and I would say that was in the late 60’s. When she died that book was nowhere to be found.

  • Nicole Marie

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing your story!

  • Sue G.

    I love the Rocky movies! Rocky III was the first date I had with my hubby 35 years ago! 🙂

  • Kezia King

    I love Rocky and I think you’re right, it is a love story. Great post!